Axl Rose steps in as new lead singer for AC/DC

Los Angeles, April 17 (IANS) Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose has stepped in as the new lead singer for Australian hard rock band AC/DC.

AC/DC formally announced that Rose will join them as vocalist for the remaining dates of their ‘Rock or Bust’ world tour before the Guns N’ Roses tour kicks off, reports Rolling Stone magazine.

“AC/DC will resume their ‘Rock Or Bust’ world tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals,” the band announced on Saturday.

Rose will take the place of long-time AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson, who was forced to abruptly quit touring with the group or risk “total hearing loss”.

“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing,” the band said.

“We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfil this commitment,” the band added.

The European stadium tour begins on May 7 in Lisbon and runs through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark, as previously announced. Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Rose will head out on his Guns N’ Roses, ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Summer Stadium Tour.

AC/DC added that the 10 US shows postponed by Johnson’s sudden departure will also be rescheduled with Rose handling vocals.

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